Babul Tree (Ayurvedic medicinal plants)


Latin name: Acacia nilotica

English name: Babul tree, Indian Gum Arabic tree

Sanskrit name: Barbara, Vavari

Indian name: Babul

Medicinal parts used: Bark or gum, Leaves, Resin, Root, Seed pods and Root

Acacia nilotica is a tree 5-20 m high with a dense spheric crown, stems and branches usually dark to black coloured, fissured bark, grey-pinkish slash, exuding a reddish low quality gum. The tree has thin, straight, light, grey spines in axillary pairs, usually in 3 to 12 pairs, 5 to 7.5 cm long in young trees, mature trees commonly without thorns.

Babul tree grows wild in deciduous forest throughout India.

Therapeutic use:

  • In West Africa, the bark or gum is used to treat cancers and/or tumors (of ear, eye, or testicles) and indurations of liver and spleen, condylomas, and excess flesh.
  • Sap or bark, leaves, and young pods are strongly astringent due to tannin, and are chewed in Senegal as an antiscorbutic.
  • Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, pyorrhea, stomatitis, wounds, hemorrhage, ulcers, dysentery, diarrhea, skin diseases, burning sensation, cough, and dental caries.


One response to this post.

  1. good article by dr.kumar pati


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